Police close investigation into George Michael M1 accident


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A police investigation into events surrounding former Wham! singer George Michael’s accident on the M1 has now been closed.

Michael, who was released from hospital last week following ten days of treatment, gave a statement to traffic officers.

The "Careless Whisper" singer, 49, who performed at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, was reportedly adjusting his door when he fell from a Range Rover onto the carriageway on the M1 near St Albans.

The accident took place on 16 May. He was quickly airlifted to a specialist trauma hospital in London.

Michael, who was a passenger in the Range Rover, will not be fined for failing to wear a seatbelt, according to the Mirror.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire police said yesterday that Michael’s driver and another passenger in the car also gave police statements.

She said a decision had been made that it was against “public interest” to pursue a prosecution.  

“All witnesses have been spoken to and no further action will be taken,” she said.

The law requiring all drivers to wear their seatbelts came in to force 30 years ago on 31 January 1983. Drivers and passengers who fail to wear seatbelts in the front and back of vehicles are breaking the law and can be fined up to £500.

A statement on Michael's website published last week read: "We can confirm that George Michael has been discharged from hospital and continues to rest and recuperate. He is well and thanks everyone for all the messages of support."

An eyewitness travelling behind Michael's vehicle told The Sun she saw him lying on the road surface smeared with blood.

Katherine Fox, 23, from Dunstable, said: “He had a deep cut above his left eyebrow which was really bleeding down his face into his teeth."

“Even if I had known who it was, I ­probably wouldn’t have recognised him.”